The title “New Thoughts on the First Farmers” grabbed my attention during my search for news article because I found it interesting that something that seems so old news in the world of anthropology and archaeology could possibly be lacking any information. Of course, this is probably because I’m so new to the world of anthropology and archaeology, but either way the article is very interesting. This article from Germany begins with noting previous information found that claims the first farmers to be a homogeneous group from the Fertile Crescent, which I just learned is the region containing West Asia, the Nile Delta and the Nile Valley, 12,000 years ago. However, a new genetic study has suggested that the first farmers of the world were much older than that, between 46,000 and 77,000 years old, though still from the same general area. It’s said that these people were from several groups who stayed more or less isolated from each other despite living so close. the DNA tests done on the remains from the Zagros Mountains, located in the Eastern Fertile Crescent and on the border of Iraq and Iran, were expected to resemble those done on remains from the area of modern-day Turkey, but instead they are similar to the DNA of people currently living in South Asia. This implies that the Zagros migrated east rather than west, which was what we previously believed.
New Thoughts on the First Farmers